Make this warm vegan walnut sausage dip for a holiday party or a game night snack! Picture this: Flavorful sausage-style walnut meat and pinto beans baked in a cheesy dairy-free sauce until bubbling! This plant-based dip pairs perfectly with a handful of crispy tortilla chips.
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Until recently, it rarely occurred to me to make a warm dip. Lately, though, as the holiday season fast approaches, I’ve been seeing warm dip recipes everywhere and have been totally inspired by them!
This warm vegan walnut sausage dip is my first take on the warm and cozy fall appetizer, and we’re pretty obsessed with it.
Why We Love This Vegan Dip
Let’s get one thing out of the way first, though: This is not a “pretty” recipe. 🙈 In fact, I felt so insecure about the homely look of this vegan walnut sausage dip that it almost didn’t see the light of day.
But friends, it’s so. good. It’s warm and comforting, packed with a spicy kick and full of flavor. It’s everything I could ever want in a dip, and T agreed.
We ate a big skillet of this vegan walnut sausage dip for dinner the week that I first made it, served with a mountain of tortilla chips. Heaaaaven. I was shocked to hear how many of T’s colleagues and even some of the students tried and enjoyed the leftovers he brought to school that week as well.
That’s it, I thought, this vegan walnut sausage dip is definitely too good to be hidden in the dark cave of the drafts folder for eternity. No, the world very clearly needs this dip, and it would be selfish of me to keep it a secret. 😋
Plus, it turns out, you can make anything a little prettier with some brightly-colored veg. 🌶🌽
How to make Warm Vegan Walnut Sausage Dip
Making this hot walnut sausage dip is as easy as simple as: blend, stir, bake, and eat!
This makes it rather ideal for the busy holiday season when you need an appetizer STAT but don’t have a ton of time to cook something extravagant.
How to Make Vegan Walnut Sausage Dip Your Own
It’s also a really adaptable recipe. The ingredients used are easy to find pantry staples but can totally be swapped for similar ingredients in your own kitchen.
Got a green pepper on its last leg? Dice it up and toss it in there. Onions about to go? Cook ’em up and throw ’em in too!
No pinto beans but, like, ten cans of chickpeas in your pantry? Sure, that’ll work. And also, I totally feel you on that ten cans of chickpeas thing. Chickpeas are awesome.
Or switch out the walnut sausage for your favorite vegan ground meat! I think this would be particularly awesome with some Beyond Beef or Impossible!
Other vegan dip recipes:
I’m excited to make this warm vegan walnut sausage dip for our next game night in!
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Make this warm vegan walnut sausage dip for a holiday party or a game night snack! Flavorful sausage-style walnut meat is combined with veggies and pinto beans and baked in a cheesy dairy-free sauce until bubbling and beautiful! This plant-based dip is perfect paired with a handful of crispy tortilla chips.
25 minPrep Time:
25 minCook Time:
50 minTotal Time:
- 4 cups water
- 3/4 cup unroasted cashews
- 1/2 cup dry red lentils (rinsed)
- 1/4 cup vegan chicken-style bouillon powder
- 3 large cloves garlic
- 1 chipotle pepper (from a can)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 Tbsp lime juice or lemon juice
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 batch sausage-style walnut meat
- 1-2 (4-oz) cans diced green chiles
- 1 (15.5-oz) can pinto beans , drained and rinsed
- 1 Tbsp paprika (optional, for color + some kick)
- To a medium sauce pan, add the water, bouillon powder, red lentils, and cashews and stir. Cover and bring to a boil. When boiling, remove the cover and turn the heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. In the mean time, preheat your oven to 350F and get out a large oven-safe dish like a cast-iron pan or casserole dish.
- Add the contents of your sauce pan along with the other sauce ingredients to a high-powered blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
- Pour the sauce into a large mixing bowl and stir in the walnut meat, pinto beans, green chiles, and optional paprika. Pour this mixture into your oven-safe container and place in your preheated oven. Bake for 20-30 minutes until the top is browned and dip thick.
- Top your dip with sliced jalapenos, roasted corn, diced tomatoes, etc. and serve warm with tortilla chips. Enjoy!